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Sayed Saghaian

Professional Profile

Mehdi is a Professor of Food and Agribusiness Management at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), Department of Agricultural Economics (AEC), Lexington, Kentucky, USA. He teaches an Agribusiness Management course to undergraduate seniors. This course is considered to be the capstone course for undergraduate students specializing in Agribusiness Management. He also teaches an advanced version of the Agribusiness Management course for M.S. and Ph.D. students. His current research program concentrates on price determination of agricultural products along the marketing systems as well as the impact of food safety incidents on the food supply chain. His research focuses on short-run and long-run dynamics of price adjustment and price transmission along the supply chain, market effects of food safety shocks and consumer behavior toward food safety incidents, and food industry leaders’ and producers’ strategic responses to food safety crises.

Contact me for assistance with:

Price discovery and price analysis, agribusiness management issues, impact of food safety shocks on prices of agricultural products along the supply chains, and impact of food safety shocks on international trade.

University/Committee Involvement

Mehdi is currently the Co-Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Editorial Council member of the Journal of Economics and Agricultural Development (IRAN), and Agricultural Economics Journal (IRAN). He is a member of the UK Graduate School Committee, CAFE Annual Performance Review Committee, and CAFE Appointment, Promotion & Tenure Committee. He also serves on the AEC Department Graduate Program Committee, and Support Committee.


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Ph.D. | Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, 1992

M.S. | Operations Research, University of Kentucky, 1986

B.S. | Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1983